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MUMBAI---England s Alastair Cook and
India s Mahendra Singh Dhoni were named
the captains of the Test and one-day inter-
national teams of the year by the International
Cricket Council yesterday.
Dhoni was chosen ODI captain for the fourth
time in five years. He was also the Test captain
in 2009 and 2010.
The 12-member test team has four players
from South Africa, including pace bowler Dale
Steyn, chosen for a sixth consecutive year.
England and India both have three players,
while Australia has two.
The ODI side has players from seven nations,
including three Sri Lankans and three
Indians.The teams were chosen by a panel
chaired by former India legspinner Anil Kumble
after reviewing player performance over 12
months to August 2013. Former Pakistan captain
Waqar Younis, former England captain Alec
Stewart, former South Africa batsman Graeme
Pollock and former New Zealand women s
player Catherine Campbell were the other
members of the panel.
"The selectors did utilise a vast amount of
statistics from the period under observation,
but we also took into account other factors
like the opposition, pitch conditions, match
situation and the like," Kumble said in a state-
"But when you have only 12 places to fill
from a big group of world-class players, there
will always be a few who will miss out."
Dhoni, who led India to victory in this year s
Champions Trophy in England, was named
the winner of the people s choice award.
"This is one of the awards that has given
me tremendous satisfaction, since it comes
from the key stakeholders of the game - the
fans," Dhoni said in a statement. "Recognition
from the people who support and encourage
us day in and day out, only inspires me to put
in that much more, and go the extra mile for
Dhoni was also nominated for cricketer of
the year and one-day cricketer of the year, to
be announced on December 14.
Also up for cricketer of the year were Cook,
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, England
seam bowler James Anderson, Australia captain
Michael Clarke and Sri Lanka s Kumar San-
gakkara, last year s world and test cricketer of
Amla, Anderson and Clarke are also on the
shortlist for test cricketer of the year. (AP)
JOHANNESBURG---Fast bowler Dale Steyn
and allrounder Jacques Kallis have recovered
from minor injuries to be available for selec-
tion for South Africa s first one-day inter-
national against India at the Wanderers
Cricket South Africa says Steyn is fit again
after a side strain and Kallis sprained finger
has also healed. CSA says the pair rejoined
the squad yesterday ahead of the first of three
ODI games against India, the top-ranked team
and world champion in the 50-over format.
South Africa coach Russell Domingo says
the three games against India are "a big gauge
for us ... we need to see where we are going."
South Africa has lost two of its last three
ODI series, including an historic first defeat
by Pakistan. India has won its last four. (AP)
A changed revenue-distribution model
for the ICC was one of several issues dis-
cussed between Cricket Australia chairman
Wally Edwards and BCCI president N Srini-
vasan in Singapore last week.
Edwards is also head of the ICC gover-
nance committee and his meeting with
Srinivasan happened to be part of his regular
rounds of talks with ICC executive board
members. The BCCI is understood to be in
favour of a sharing of ICC revenue that bet-
ter reflects the size of its financial contri-
bution to the game, rather than an equal
split among all Full Member nations.
The Singapore discussions were said to
have taken place over a middle ground
between current practice and BCCI s infor-
mal stand on the subject.
Srinivasan was in Singapore for an IPL
franchise-owners workshop. Along with
being BCCI president and therefore member
of the IPL governing council, he is also
owner of the Chennai Super Kings IPL fran-
Neither CA nor the BCCI made any formal
statement about their stand on the subject
of ICC revenue distribution until Tuesday.
At the sidelines of the ICC awards
announcement function in Mumbai, BCCI
secretary Sanjay Patel said the issue was
the "legitimate right" of the BCCI and was
still under discussion. "This legitimate right
issue has been put up before the Full Mem-
bers of ICC.
"It is nothing but a just and fair right
that we are asking for. It is not any muscle
flexing." Patel told PTI. Srinivasan had put
up the issue for the "first time in the history
of the BCCI as a Full Member of the ICC.
He has worked out very good details and
very good options," Patel said.
"President Srinivasan, since last year, was
looking into the financial details of ICC. He
has made a private study about what could
be the contribution of the BCCI into the
revenue stream of ICC. On the basis of that,
some formulae have been discussed among
us. His own acumen as a businessman has
also helped us." On the home front, the
BCCI hands out 70% of its annual revenue
to 27 of its affiliates in equal proportions.
Cricket Australia s own views on the sub-
jects are not yet known in the public domain.
It has however changed its own financial-
revenue distribution in 2012 as part of a
raft of governance changes including the
move towards a fully independent board of
directors. From each state receiving an equal
share, revenue is now distributed on a basis
of need, as decided by CA s board.
The discussion between Edwards and
Srinivasan also covered matters including
the vast disparity between dividends received
by lower ranked Full Member countries and
the top Associate nations like Ireland and
Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive,
has defended the new ODI regulations -
fewer fielders in the outfield and two new
balls - saying they have made "the game
more attacking and more exciting." He said
the rules had not resulted in an overall
inflation in totals.
"Overall, we are seeing that the total
runs scored in an innings have more or
less remained constant," Richardson said
in Mumbai. "The average runs in a one-
day innings is about 250 and the data shows
that the only change is that a higher per-
centage of those 250 is scored in boundaries,
as opposed to ones and twos. This is one
of the reasons why we introduced the field-
ing restrictions in the first place, to try and
make the game more attacking and more
exciting. There are more wickets falling
and more boundaries being scored and the
totals on an average are remaining the-
The new rules have been criticised by
players and boards in the subcontinent,
with the BCCI opposing the use of new
balls from both ends. During the recent
home series against Australia, India captain
MS Dhoni suggested it was becoming
impossible for bowlers to contain bound-
aries with only a maximum four fielders
outside the 30-yard circle. Nine of the 11
completed innings in that series produced
300-plus totals. According to Richardson
that series may have been a one-off, but
he conceded that bowlers might be having
a harder time on subcontinent pitches.
"Conditions vary across the world and
certainly in the subcontinent where you
find yourself on a good batting pitch that
is taking no spin, no seam movement, the
bowlers really have their hands full," he
said. "If you look at the results all over the
world in other conditions like England,
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, you
will find that the new fielding restrictions
have worked well. Also the fact that we
are using two new balls as opposed to one
has allowed the bowlers to take more wick-
ets, especially in the first 10 overs when
the seam bowlers are at the batsmen. This
has also worked well."
Richardson also said the ICC would
instruct host venues in Australia and New
Zealand to prepare balanced pitches during
the 2015 World Cup.
"Certainly for ICC events, we do give
directions to the host countries as to the
preparation of the pitch. It will be the same
as the World Cup that was held in the sub-
continent," he said. "The difference being
that in Australia and New Zealand, con-
ditions tend to be more seamer-friendly
as opposed to spin-friendly. So our direction
would be we want a pitch thatprovides
good bounce but not too much lateral
movement, in this case seam movement.
Generally in one-day cricket we try to
favour the batting team and we look for
totals between 230 and 260."
Cook, Dhoni named captains
of ICC Test, ODI teams
Steyn, Kallis fit for first ODI vs India
BCCI discusses restructure in sharing of ICC revenue
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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